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Camden Town Hall wedding

Catherine and Dave got married in Camden Town Hall one December day last year, followed by a reception in the Welsh Centre in London.

Catherine was stunning and had a wonderful smile all the time, as you can see in these photos.

Their wedding was in December, so there were Christmas decorations everywhere and as the ceremony was in the afternoon, we had very little natural light to work with, but it was a lovely December evening full of good photo opportunities.

black and white picture of Camden Town Hall facade

staircase and Christmas tree at Camden Town Hall wedding in London

wedding ceremony room decorated with flowers at Camden Town Hall

detail of Christmas tree balls at Camden Town Hall

groom and best man waiting for bride's arrival at Camden Town hall wedding

wedding guests arriving at Camden Town Hall

guests arriving at Camden town hall wedding

bride inside taxi with her father at her arrival at Camden Town Hall wedding

bride walking up the aisle with father and groom looking at her

bride and groom seeing each other for the first time at Camden Town hall wedding

bride and groom smiling during wedding ceremony

mother of bride crying during wedding ceremony at Camden Town Hall

bride and groom facing each other and holdig hands during wedding ceremony at Camden Town Hall

bride and groom kiss

officiant giving marriage certificate to bride and groom after wedding ceremony

bride and groom walking down the aisle smiling as husband and wife

portait of bride and groom with Christmas tree

guests throwing confetti at bride and groom outside Camden Town Hall

wedding guests throwing confetti at bride and groom

bride and groom walking in central London at night

Christmas decorations at Christmas wedding

wedding guests having drinks and chatting at drinks reception

wedding guest chatting during drinks reception

detail of buttonhole and knitted tie of groom

detail of bride and groom wearing badges

wedding guest smiling to the camera

black and white photo of wedding guests having drinks at the Welsh Centre in London

black and white picture of wedding guests having fun at the Welsh Centre in London

father of bride giving speech at north london wedding

wedding guests laughing during speeches

wedding guests laughing during speeches

groom laughing giving his speech at his wedding

wedding guests laughing during speeches

wedding guests smiling during the speeches

groom making a toast after his speech

bride and groom kissing after groom's speech

wedding guest dancing

bride and groom cutting the cake

 

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Second shooting an A-Team wedding in Hunton Park

This was my second time working at Hunton Park, and second shooting for Kenny Wong again, as we collaborate on a regular basis.

 

black and white photo of Hunton Park's facade

Hunton Park wedding venue entrance sign

white and purple rose buttonhole flowers groom

I was covering the groom’s preparations in this occasion, which is always fun and different. I don’t get to shoot the groom’s preparations normally when I work for my own clients, as the main photographer I always stay with the bride, so it is great to second shoot every now and then and get to cover these other parts of the day and explore my  more masculine side!

groomsmen helping groom with cufflinks at Hunton Park wedding

best man helpin groom with the tie knot

groom wearing purple tie looking at himself in the mirror

black and white photo of groom putting his shoes on before his wedding

best man putting flowers on groom's buttonhole

As a surprise, the groomsmen had an A-team van prepared for the groom, who was a fan of the TV show, ready to take them to the church. Driven by Mr.T lookalike! I was lucky enough to travel with them in the van. I cannot really say that being a wedding photographer is boring…

A-Team van in front of Huton Park wedding venue

groom seeing A-team van surprise

groom's reaction at seeing A-Team van surprise

groom and groomsmen posing in front of A-Team van at Hunton Park

groom and groomsmen posing in front of A-Team van at Hunton Park

groom and groomsmen posing in front of A-Team van at Hunton Park

dancing Mr.T in A-Team van wedding car

The wedding ceremony was at Saint Mary Magdalene’s church in Enfield, north London. This church is absolutely amazing, outside and inside, specially inside. A shame that we were quite restricted and the taking of the photos was only allowed from above and we couldn’t get close to the bride and the groom.

two wedding guests waiting outside  saint Mary Magdalene church in Enfield

groom greeting guests before the wedding service outside saint Many Magdalene's church in Enfield

Arch covered in flowers at Saint Mary Magdalene's church in Enfield

altar and ceiling at saint Mary Magdalene's church in Enfield

flowers and altar at saint Mary Magdalene's church in Enfield

baby playing in the floor at saint Mary Magdalene's church in Enfield before the wedding service

black and white photo of wedding guests arriving at saint Mary Magdalene's church in Enfield

wedding guests reading programme at church before the wedding service

groom and best man waiting at altar in saint Mary Magdalene's church in Enfield

bride walking up the aisle with father and groom waiting for her at altar in saint Mary Magdalene's church in Enfield

bride and groom facing each other during wedding ceremony at saint Mary Magdalene's church in Enfield

bride placing ring on groom's finger at Enfield wedding

bride and groom's kiss at Enfield wedding

bride and groom looking at the camera from the altar after the wedding ceremony

recessional at Enfield wedding

groom hugging a wedding guest after the ceremony

bride being congratulated by guests after wedding ceremony

After the ceremony in Enfield, we all moved to Hunton Park again for the reception and wedding breakfast.

There, there were a lot of kids playing and a many kids trying out the fascinators and hats from their mums, which I captured in some photos you can see below.

three female wedding guests sitting in a sofa by the window at hunton park reception

female wedding guest looking at herself in the mirror at Hunton Park wedding

female wedding guest fixing her fascinator at Hunton Park wedding

bridesmaid in purple holding two glasses of champagne

kids playing outside Hunton Park

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kid carrying another kind on her arms

couple arriving at Hunton Park wedding

baby trying facinator out at wedding

kid trying out hat at wedding

kid trying out hat at wedding

two men chatting and having fun at Hunton Park wedding

two wedding guests posing for the camera

baby guest at wedding

two wedding guests at wedding in Hunton park

pink and purple centerpiece at Hunton Park wedding

 

 

 

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Epping forest engagement shoot

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A giant chess wedding, a seak peek

I just wanted to share one image from one of my last jobs, before I make a full blog post on this beautiful wedding.

There was a huge chess on the reception venue grounds which was obviously a great prop for photos.

Here you have Kate and Phil with the King and Queen of that huge chess.

bride and groom kissing holding the white king and black queen of a giant chess at their wedding venue grounds in Norcote House

 

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London elopement photography

I couldn’t wait to share more photos of this beautiful elopement wedding in central London with you!

Emma and Steve came to London to tie the knot and I was lucky to be their photographer for the day. I feel very lucky when I get to be part of anyone’s wedding, but when it is an elopement like this one, is much more special, because I am one of the very few witnesses of the day and I am the bride and groom companion for most of the time.

Steve was wearing a kilt outfit, which was great! I had had the opportunity to photograph wedding guests in the past wearing a scottish outfit, but never a groom before.

I went to the hotel were Emma and Steve stayed the night before and after taking a few photos in there, we took a cab and headed to central London to get some photos with the Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and other London highlights. After that, their wedding car was waiting for us and took us to Marylebone Town Hall, were they got married in the Yellow room. Two of their friends were there as their witnesses (they even brought confetti, so we could get some lovely confetti shots!)

After that, we went to Regent’s Park for some more photos (always a lovely place for photos) before going to Claridges, were they went for afternoon tea. Unfortunately, being such an intimate event, I was only allowed to take a few photos in the foyer, but I couldn’t take any more photos at Claridges and have to say goodbye there.

Emma and Steve, it was a pleasure to work with you, I wish you all the best for your future together!

a couple about to get married at their hotel in central london

couple eloping in London posing in front of the big ben

groom looking at big ben and bride holding his arm looking at the camera at london elopement photography

bride with sunglasses and groom walking on embankment bridge at london elopement photography

bride and scottish groom holding hands in a taxi on their way to their wedding

bride and scottish groom arriving at marylebone town hall

bride, scottish groom and two witnesses in marylebone town hall yellow room

scottish groom laughing during wedding ceremony an the yellow room at marylebone town hall

exchange of rings during wedding ceremony at marylebone town hall yellow room

bride and groom kissing in the yellow room at marylebone town hall

bride and groom looking happily at each other right after the wedding ceremony

bride and scottish groom receiving the marriage certificate at the yellow room at marylebone town hall

bride and scottish groom posing in marylebone town hall marble stairs

confetti being thrown at bride and groom at marylebone town hall

bride and scottish groom posing in front of marylebone town hall

groom kissing bride sitting next to a lion statue at marylebone town hall

bride and groom in front of their wedding car and at the gales of regent's park

bride and groom under a willow tree

bride and groom under a willow tree

bride and scottish groom sitting on a bench on a london park surrounded by flowers

bride and groom laughing during their portrait session at a london park

bride and groom posing in fron of claridges

bride and groom looking at each other at Claridges's foyer

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Professional wedding photographer vs friend

This is a post a little different from what I normally do. Most of the time I post photos from my engagement shoots or weddings so people looking at my website can have a deeper insight into my work. Today I will post no photos, today’s subject is: professional wedding photographer vs friend. These are my thoughts about what I think about this and the dangers of couples getting married having a friend taking their photos instead of a professional photographer.

I also understand that if you are reading this by chance, you may think that I am writing this just to get me or other colleagues photographers more work. However, what it pushed me to write this post is a meeting I had yesterday. I had an email three or four weeks ago from a girl who got married last year and because she got married abroad she was not organizing the wedding herself. Someone organized for a couple of friends to be in charge of taking the photos of the day. She told me by email and on the phone that she hated her wedding photos so much…and wanted a photoshoot here in London with her husband dressed the same as on their wedding day to get some beautiful photos.

Unfortunately, we will have to leave this photoshoot for another time, but for now, what she couldn’t wait for, was to have some of her wedding photos fixed, so I am in charge now of “fixing” some of her wedding photos, even though I don’t often do retouching services for clients who have not booked my complete photographic services.

Her wedding venues were gorgeous, but the light used was not the best to say the least, on-camera flash used in most of the photos, which gives a lot of harsh shadows. I am just brightening the photos up, contrast and  tone correction and simple things like that. Unfortunately there is not a magic bottom to change the light, and those shadows will stay. Basically, retouching will make the photos less bad and not so painful to look at, but no retouching turns a bad photo into a good one, this is why I say “fix”. Notice the quotations.

This is the first experience of someone coming to me distressed about their wedding photos and asking for help. A friend of mine didn’t have such an horrific experience, but got married abroad in an intimate ceremony years ago and they didn’t think about having a photographer, now that she sees lots of wedding photos because of me, she regrets not having them.

Wedding photography is hard, you are outside, then two seconds later you are in a dark church, you need to adjust your camera settings very quickly! I would even say that for a professional photographer who does other type of work can be quite difficult and challenging.

There is this widespread idea of good cameras taking good photos. I can say that from the photos showed to me by this bride, one of the cameras was a Canon 1D, not bad… however, it is not just the camera but the skills of the photographer and at a wedding being quick is very important too. Would an unexperienced amateur photographer be able to deliver wedding photos as a professional? Well, that’s quite unrealistic. If you are having an outdoors wedding with gorgeous light all day long you may get lucky and the difference can be not as painful, but otherwise…if your wedding photos are important for you, you should go for a professional.

Shooting a wedding is hard work on the day and it takes a long time to finish the work (editing), it is unlikely that a friend is going to do a week’s worth work too. I can work on my photos as much as I need to as I am being paid for that, but would I spent many hours editing hundreds of images if Iweren’t? probably I wouldn’t do as much as I wouldn´t have the time.

It is also clear that a person who does something often has more experience and resources that someone who doesn´t and obviously that shows.

I think it is important to be realistic, most of the times you get what you paid for. Consider how important are your wedding photos for you and make your decision accordingly. Should you take the risk or not? I wouldn’t do it obviously, I am a photographer and images are very important to me, capturing something so important beautifully would be a must. But not everyone has the same perception about photography, so if you are not bothered too much about photos and it is not important at all, then you may risk it and go for a friend… What I try in this post is opening the eyes of people who expect and would like to have beautiful photos that they are important to them but trust in a friend instead of a professional wedding photographer thinking  only in finances as if that fact didn’t matter at all. The reality is that someone who doesn’t make a living of photography won’t have the equipment of a photographer or the skills or the expertise in 99.99% of the cases.

I really felt sorry for this girl and how unhappy she was! and remember when something is done for free (and friends) you don’t really have any right to complaint, have you?

I hope all this makes sense and it is not seen just as something that obviously a photographer has to say, I have tried to give an opinion from my heart and I hope is valuable for someone out there.

Thanks for reading!

 

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